It’s always a treat when one of these Fuller fabrics comes to light, so it really made my day when Mona of Redbuckaro emailed me that she had found a dress with one of them. To new readers who have not seen me go on and on about the art fabrics of the 1950s, here is a link to a Klee fabric post from last year. This trend was picked up by major retailers, including JC Penney, who released their own art prints.
Mona’s dress has a print designed by Fernand Leger, and is called “Vitrail” which is French for stained glass. The modern mix of reds and pinks makes for one stunning print. To learn more about this Fuller line, you can read an article from the November 15, 1955 issue of Life magazine.
The dress is labeled Judy ‘n Jill, which was a mid-priced maker of clothes for young women. Mona has just decided to sell the dress, and you can see it in her ebay store.
This is just a reminder, but you should always look for selvedges when inspecting a vintage piece. The fabric makers often put valuable information on them (they still do, actually) and it was the selvedge that let Mona know what a prize she had found. I’ve even found fabrics that were dated.